Sep. 21, 2022

Curtiss' star-grass, Hypoxis curtissii

When you become fascinated by wildflowers, you will probably want to put names to them. Which star-grass is that? Here in Michigan it's easy. There can be only one. But as you go south you could see six others. And you may soon realize one of the essential truths of wildflowers. With some of them, if you can see the flowers, you can't identify them. In some cases, you have to have the seeds. Star-grasses are one instance. Hawthorns are another. Then FNA notes that we will not fully understand our star-grasses until related plants in South Africa are fully studied. But I'm reasonably sure this one is Curtiss'. For one thing, literature from the site narrows it down to two possibilities. Whatever works! Curtiss' grows in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TX. Big Thicket National Park, Hardin Co TX, 4/16/22. Star-grass family, Hypoxidaceae.